Skip to comments.Ex-president Kirchner charged in Argentina corruption scandal
Posted on 09/17/2018 6:42:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Ex-Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was charged with corruption as a judge asked that her parliamentary immunity be lifted so she can be detained, reports said Monday.
She is accused of having accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes in the notorious "corruption notebooks" scandal that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites.
As a senator, Kirchner is protected by parliamentary immunity from imprisonment, although not from prosecution.
Unless that immunity is lifted, she cannot be jailed, even if found guilty.
However, last month the Senate did vote to partially lift her immunity so that investigators could search her three luxury homes.
She has has already been called in for questioning twice by Claudio Bonadio, the judge leading the wide-ranging corruption investigation, and is due to appear again on Tuesday.
Kirchner is accused of heading an "illicit association."
During her first two hearings she refused to answer Bonadio's questions, instead submitting a written statement, as is her right.
Both Kirchner, 65, and her late husband, Nestor, whom she succeeded as president in 2007, are suspected of having accepted millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen in exchange for public works contracts.
More than a dozen former government officials and 30 elite businessman are implicated in the case first reported by La Nacion newspaper on August 1, claiming that bribes were delivered by a ministerial chauffeur to the Kirchners' residences over a 10-year period.
Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli has said a total of $160 million in bribes was handed over between 2005 and 2015.
I wonder how many suitcases full of money could she hold in her 3 luxury homes?
Don’t cry for me Argentina. Well Ok, go ahead.
Lefty. I would. You folks would have too.
Shame it doesn’t happen here.
Kirchner looks like the aging manager of a brothel.
Pffft...she's a piker compared to Obama and his regime.
What a strange decade it is been since 2008,we might get a just resolution......eventually.
Yes, that is precisely the sort of "Hope and Change" that we really need.
#2. She said, in answer to a question, “Yes, I know Bill Clinton”.
Correction. Sorry - should have been - “She said, in answer to a question, “Yes I know Barack Obama”.
She did business with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela so there’s drug and oil loot one would suspect.
The NYT even covered it to some degree.. That dang Hugo.
Suitcase of Cash Tangles U.S. and 2 Latin Nations in Intrigue
AUGUST 2015 : (KIRCHNER) ARGENTINE PREZ: Obama Admin Tried to Convince Us to Sell Nuclear Fuel to Iran, The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/04/15 | Jim Hoft
The Obama administration tried to persuade Argentina to provide the Islamic State of Iran with nuclear fuel back in 2010. President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner made these accusations during her speech this week to the General Assembly. Nuclear fuel is a key component in nuclear weapons. This United States mainstream media ignored this story for some odd reason?
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